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Head gasket on 4cyl.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By steviet
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2001 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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I'm surprised that the last review is so old. At just under 100,000 miles, my head gasket blew. This appears to be a design flaw. I think Subaru should reimburse me $2400.


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2001 OutBack
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Mike
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2001 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Really have nothing to complain about except the fact I had to replace the catalytic converter at 90,000 which was expensive! I have had many vehicles with many more miles and NEVER had to replace a converter. just be warned if you buy one you're in for a expensive replacement part as this seems to be common.


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Performs very well in snow.


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Love my Subaru!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Classic Man
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2001 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Bought my Outback H6 3.0 used with about 143000 K and it now has 158,000 on it with no signs of slowing down. the ride is very comfortable especially for long drives, and outside noise is non bothersome. While the car does have a raised suspension and a good ride, it still handles very well, so much so that I was keeping up pace with STI's and Porsches on the famed mulholland drive in Malibu. If this exact car was available for sale new today, I would buy it in a heart beat.


Best Features

Comfortable yet handles well, reliable and well built car, absolutely awesome Air Conditioning, and very decent stereo.


Worst Features

Better Gear ratio.


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Don't buy this car
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By montanaowner
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2001 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon w/Weather Package (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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Bought this car new. Now have 118,000 miles and it needs its 3rd head gasket. First went at 36,000 miles, 2nd at 83,000 miles. In cold weather (10 degrees or less) gas lines at fuel pump condense, allowing fuel to vaporize into the engine compartment. Smells like you are riding in the gas tank. If I could have afforded to dump this car earlier I would have. Lots of other smaller problems. Seems to go through tires very quickly.


Best Features

Great on ice and in snow. Well built rack system for carrying cargo and bikes.


Worst Features

Subaru, own up to your defects and fix these cars. Have your customer support actually support customers, rather than wasting their time.


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Hi Miler Bargan Mover
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Dilbert
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2001 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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OK, So I wanted ONE car to replace my three: MR2, Miata, & F250 4x4... Was looking at many options in the Small SUV market including the Forester [like driving in a fish bowl and under powered w/o Turbo] and with a very limited budget [darned economy] I was very lucky to find mine [priced low because it had 169k miles on the clock] 1. The power is 'very adequate' even surprising at times. The trade-off is a few MPG and having to buy Premium fuel, but annually for me this only amounts to $150, and no Timing Belt worries or Head Gasket problems with the H6! 2. It handles better than an SUV, but no MR2. 3. I've moved a ton of bricks [with trailer] about as much as the F250 could w/ trailer.


Best Features

Great Power, when needed, reasonable fuel economy with careful driving. Surprising hauling, towing capacity with great brakes and decent handling. LL Bean offers plenty of amenities and overall for me a great compromise between sports car and heavy hauler.


Worst Features

Passenger Side Sun Visor dislodges inside rear view mirror. Stupid cup holders I understand improved in newer models. Heated seat switches too easily, accidentally turned "On" A manual 5 or 6 speed transmission would be nice.


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